I’ve been shooting film for about 2 years, and I love the medium. However, I have always felt a little disappointed at the point of scanning my negative. The results have never been entirely satisfactory, and it felt like a necessary evil in order to share my work on Social Media. For a while, I allowed this lack of desire to scan my images get in the way of me using film. I felt a little lost.
Due to the exceptionally hot summer, my small darkroom has been like an oven, but now that the weather has cooled I’ve spent a solid few sessions in there refamiliarising myself with it. Last night was the first time I focused on producing a final print, and I was reminded of why I love printing in the darkroom. The smoothness of tonal transitions and the subtlety of the tones, is what I want from my images and is something that was always eluded me when digitising my negatives.
It’s not as convenient as scanning and editing in Lightroom of course, and anyone who has followed me for any length of time will know that I experiment and try new things in film and digital. That won’t change. However, when it comes to black and white film, it’s the darkroom all the way for me. Now, I’ve got over 150 negative storage files to sort and organise into those I want to print. If you don’t hear from me for a while, then you know where I am.